Nestled within northern Georgia is the city of Atlanta. It’s home to a little bit of everything: Southern charm, rich history, and irresistible cuisine, as well as a lively arts and music scene. But don’t be fooled by thinking this is a purely urban environment. Atlanta is home to beautiful parks that you can enjoy year-round. It truly is a melting pot of culture, entertainment, and people.
THINGS TO SEE & DO There is an almost limitless list of things to do in Atlanta. Let’s begin Downtown, where you will find endless shops and restaurants. Plan to spend an entire day in this area’s bustling environment. Next, visit Midtown to discover a thriving music and arts scene. Don’t forget to explore the fascinating galleries and theaters in this area! If you’re looking for family-friendly fun, you will find plenty of options in Atlanta. Take the kids to the Children’s Museum of Atlanta or Zoo Atlanta, home to the only twin pandas in the country! The Georgia Aquarium is not only the largest aquarium in the United States, but also in the world. This is definitely an attraction you won’t want to miss out on when you’re in Atlanta.
WHERE TO EAT & DRINK Of course, this is the South, and it wouldn't be the South without delicious barbecue. While most regions have a specific style or flavor to their barbecue cuisine, Atlanta incorporates them all into a general, great tasting category. You’ll also want to check out the restaurants downtown for some of the most delicious oysters in the country, famous homemade biscuits, juicy burgers, and finger-licking-good fried chicken. While there is plenty of stick-to-your-ribs-style food to enjoy, Georgia is known as the peach state. So, whether it’s at a restaurant or a farm fresh roadside stand, you’ll have to sample some of the best fruit in the country before your trip is over. The Inman Park area offers unique dining options from Northern Italian food at Sotto Sotto Restaurant to the Barcelona Wine Bar. This is certainly an area that foodies will want to check out.
BEST TIME TO VISIT Mild winters and long, sunny summers make the state of Georgia an excellent destination any time of year. This, of course, includes the city of Atlanta. Visit in the springtime to explore the various parks and landscape around the city while things are in bloom. You can also enjoy the springtime beauty at the Atlanta Botanical Garden in Piedmont Park. Discover displays of various flowers and plants that will take your breath away. The gardens are perfect for romantic experiences or family-friendly adventures. In the summer, you might want to partake in a local favorite pastime, which is to “shoot the hooch.” Residents commonly use this term when referring to traveling down the Chattahoochee River, which runs along the western border of Atlanta. Float down on a tube, kayak, or paddleboard — just remember sunscreen!
WHERE TO STAY Although you may never want to stop exploring all Atlanta has to offer, you will eventually have to choose a place to recharge. Make your lodging an experience in and of itself with one of Select Registry’s Atlanta B&B options! Begin browsing our list of Atlanta bed and breakfasts, inns, and boutique hotels below. You are sure to find a top-rated location to make your trip to Atlanta special.